I do realize that we are still in February, and it IS central Wisconsin, but we have been having some truly wintry weather lately, with even more predicted for tomorrow. You know the type of weather I'm talking about, the type that requires snuggly quilts.
With that said, I think the card for today's post says it all for us Wisconsinites.
To create this card, I actually used a regular quilt pattern for fabric. I discovered this pattern was called by a few different names, but I settled on Pinwheel Star. Some of you quilters may disagree with this name, but this is one that I came across more frequently, so that is what my pattern is.
I searched through all my leftover Designer Series Paper scraps and came up with this appealing combination.
Following the quilt pattern, I put my paper quilt together. I even added "stitching".
It makes a delightful 4 1/4" square card. This size card, even though it is square, fits nicely inside an A2 envelope for mailing.
Although I didn't add a sentiment anywhere on the card, it could easily be used for any occasion, especially one where you're offering comfort.
Adding a 4" square of white cardstock to the inside of the card enables the sender to add any heartfelt message.
Here's a tutorial for you. You can simply use the layout on my card to make your own paper quilt.
Two Designer Series Papers that play nicely together and have small designs
Fine Black pen
1" square punch or dies in this size. The punch goes faster, however.
Embellishment for the center
Cut a 4" square of white cardstock. This will be the base for your quilt.
Use the Simply Scored tool to score lines at 1" intervals. Flip one direction and do it again. You should have a grid of 1" squares that covers the entire paper. This grid will help you in the placement of your quilt pieces.
Choose two prints of Designer Series Paper with small designs that work well together.
Using a 1" square punch, punch four from one DSP and four from the other DSP. Cut each of the squares in half from corner to corner.
Using the sample card as a pattern, adhere the triangles accordingly, snugging them up to each other.
When all the quilt pieees are adhered, use a fine black pen to draw lined "stitches". You can skip this step if you want, but I think it adds a little personality.
When your quilt top is finished, adhere it to a 4 1/4" square black card base, created from a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of black cardstock, folded in half and creased well with a bone folder.
To the inside of the card, add a 4" square of white cardstock for writing.
Add an embellishment to the center of the quilt.
Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
- Paul Theroux -